No matter who you’re backing for Super Bowl LIII, everyone can agree that the Vince Lombardi trophy is a work of art. In fact, this iconic award has been designed and produced by Tiffany & Co. since 1967, making it one of the most recognizable American pieces to grace any mantle, awards case, or vault.
But you don’t have to be a professional athlete or actor to appreciate the beauty of a world-class trophy. Below, we take a look at a few of the incredible awards created by Tiffany & Co., Cartier, and Chopard—as well as a few of their most iconic wearable pieces—and admire the craftsmanship from these storied jewels in all materials, shapes, and sizes.
According to Tiffany, the company was commissioned to produce the trophy for the very first Super Bowl in 1967. Although the design has always featured a regulation-size football in kicking position, it was renamed in 1970 for the late Green Bay Packers coach, Vince Lombardi, who led the Packers to victories in the first two Super Bowls.
Additionally, Tiffany & Co. is responsible for the creation of numerous trophies, team rings, and awards spanning the fields of tennis, baseball, horse racing, and, of course, many of our favorite individual pieces pictured below.
The Cartier Triple Crown Trophy is a three-sided vase, each face equally representing the three jewels of the crown to signify the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes. Although no longer in use, Cartier was first commissioned by the Thoroughbred Racing Association to create the Triple Crown Trophy in 1950, as pictured above.
Below, you may recognize some of Cartier’s more recent designs: the Love Bracelet, Panthère de Cartier Ring, and the iconic Tank Watch.
Even the most amateur of film buffs will recognize the Palme d’Or, awarded to the best film at the Cannes Film Festival, including Taxi Driver (1976), Pulp Fiction (1994), and The Tree of Life, (2011).
Last year marked two decades that the Maison Chopard has been producing this elegant trophy, which, according to the jeweler, is “meticulously made each year with Fairmined-certified ethical gold in its Haute Joaillerie ateliers.” Notably, as of July 2018, Chopard began using exclusively ethical gold in its watch and jewelry creations, including the items below.
Did you know there is a special award presented at Cannes to two young actors called the Trophée Chopard? It was founded in 2001 and has been won by a number of today’s biggest stars including Shailene Woodley, Ezra Miller, John Boyega, and Anya-Taylor Joy.
And, because all beautiful trophies deserve an equally remarkable case, check out the precision painting on the 35th America’s Cup Trophy travel trunk made by Louis Vuitton.
If you’re ready to be dazzled by more fine jewelry, we’ve got you covered: